The purpose of this survey is to update results from our 2015 survey, help evaluate current debate practice norms in LD, and distinguish between varying practices beyond a broad approach like “disclosure good” vs. “disclosure bad.” Coaches may respond based on their students practices.

What do you think? Comment below your thoughts and suggest future questions we should ask judges, coaches, and students about LD norms and practices.

Do you keep your opponents' flashed/e-mailed documents after the debate?

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Do you disclose your cases online on the NDCA wiki?

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*E.g. withholding a newly-broken aff, disclosing only positions you’d read against teams that read disclosure theory, etc.

Do you use a collapsible stand?

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Do you let your opponent read your evidence?

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If you are e-mailing/flashing speech documents, do you prefer that your judge(s) be included?

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Do you disclose before a debate?

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Do you prefer to sit or stand when speaking?

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Do you use a debate template for Microsoft Word?

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Thanks to Shailja Somani, Lauren Barney, and Jason Kraynak for their help with this post.

Bob Overing
Bob is a Co-Director of Premier, coach for Walt Whitman HS, and current student at Yale Law School and Yale School of Management. As a senior in high school, he was ranked #1, earned 11 bids and took 2nd at TOC. In college, he cleared at CEDA and qualified to the NDT. His students have earned 80 career bids, reached TOC finals, and won many championships.